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Recipe for Lime Bars

Recipe for Lime Bars

I’ve always loved celebrating birthdays. Of course I love my own special day, but I enjoy celebrating anyone and everyone’s birthday. I think birthday celebrations should last for the entire month too. Josh’s birthday was last weekend, we already had the party, cake, presents, etc. but I am not done yet!

I made Josh another birthday treat. This time it was all about lime, his favorite! I found a great recipe for Lime Bars on Evil Shenanigans. I knew the bars would be a hit with the hubs and I was correct.

I loved the graham cracker crust with lime zest. It gave the bars an added zing:) The lime filling was very creamy and very tart. I used fat free sweetened condensed milk and the filling was plenty rich and plenty sweet. This is not a healthy dessert, it’s still loaded with sugar and butter in the crust, but why not use fat free if the results are amazing?

Joshua really enjoyed his special birthday bars. I know he will be asking for these again!

Lime Bars

Yield: Serves 9-12

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


For the crust:
1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
zest of one lime

For the filling:
2 large egg yolks
1-14 oz. can fat free sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup lime juice


Heat the oven to 350F, then grease an 8″ square pan. I used my Pyrex glass dish.

Combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and zest. Press into the prepared pan, pressing the crust mixture one inch up the side of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

Once the crust is cooled combine the egg yolks and condensed milk until well mixed. Stir in the lime juice and combine. It will begin to thicken slightly.

Pour the filling into the crust, making sure the filling reaches the edges. Bake for 15 minutes, or until just set.

Cool to room temperature, then chill for at least one hour, overnight is better. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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87 Responses to “Recipe for Lime Bars”

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  1. Happy cook — May 14, 2009 @ 5:04 am

    Looks so creamy lemony delicous.

  2. Erica — May 14, 2009 @ 5:08 am

    Oh my gosh they look awesome! I am totally making these for my Josh for our anniversary! You’re such a good wife 😉

  3. Snooky doodle — May 14, 2009 @ 5:19 am

    these look so creamy. I want these for my birthday too :)

  4. Cristine — May 14, 2009 @ 5:39 am

    Those look fantastic!!!!

  5. sugarlens — May 14, 2009 @ 5:50 am

    Oh, my husband would totally flip for something like this. Looks creamy and delicious, lucky Josh!

  6. kat — May 14, 2009 @ 5:55 am

    He’s so lucky you want to keep celebrating his birthday with little treats

  7. Barbara Bakes — May 14, 2009 @ 5:58 am

    Such a simple, yummy recipe!

  8. Tracey — May 14, 2009 @ 6:15 am

    Yum, those look delicious! I agree with you – birthday celebrations should last the entire month!

  9. Jen — May 14, 2009 @ 6:43 am

    These look delicious! I will have to give these a try.. I think my hubby would love them.

  10. Judy@nofearentertaining — May 14, 2009 @ 6:45 am

    I HAVE to make those. Maybe even today!!!!

  11. RecipeGirl — May 14, 2009 @ 6:48 am

    I LOVE these! A friend made something similar for me last year & I've yet to make them. You made them very cute w/ that lime wedgie there :)

  12. Natanya — May 14, 2009 @ 6:48 am

    Lime bars just scream summer to me for some reason. I bet these would be a great addition to a dessert tray for a pool or porch party. Adding them to my “to make” collection.

  13. Elle — May 14, 2009 @ 6:52 am

    I adore lime bars! Step aside, lemon–hello, lime! These look delicious.

  14. stephchows — May 14, 2009 @ 6:53 am

    WOW that middle is one sweet tart one!! It’s making my mouth pucker just thinking about it!

  15. Megan — May 14, 2009 @ 6:57 am

    I love lemon bars and I would love to try these. They certainly sound easy enough!!!

  16. Jessica — May 14, 2009 @ 6:59 am

    I just want to say I LOVE your blog! I found it through Erica @ itzy's kitchen (love her blog too)& am hooked : )

    These look delish!!!!!! I can't wait to make that lemon blueberry cake too!

  17. Maria — May 14, 2009 @ 7:01 am

    Erica-Your Josh will love these too:)

    Thanks everyone! These bars are really good, I promise:)

  18. Kristen — May 14, 2009 @ 7:06 am

    creamy & crunchy my favorite! it's been a very long time since I've had lime bars…

  19. Kelly — May 14, 2009 @ 7:10 am

    Your bars look fantastic! I’m so glad you guys enjoyed them!

  20. Cathy — May 14, 2009 @ 7:12 am

    These are perfect, Maria! I am making them tonight so we can have them for dessert tomorrow! Hubs is a huge lime fan, and I have limes that need to be used up quickly.

  21. Rosa's Yummy Yums — May 14, 2009 @ 7:15 am

    I can’t resist such a treat!



  22. Brenda — May 14, 2009 @ 7:31 am

    My mom used to make something very similar to this, except she used lemon. Thanks for the food memory!

  23. Spryte — May 14, 2009 @ 7:44 am

    I’ve been wanting to make lime bars for several weeks.. those look fantastic!

  24. Deeba @Passionate About Baking — May 14, 2009 @ 8:11 am

    Gosh, luck lucky Josh! I love the look of this tart Maria…absolutely YUM!

  25. Foodie with Little Thyme! — May 14, 2009 @ 8:21 am

    Looks sinful.
    Looks easy to make too!

  26. Pearl — May 14, 2009 @ 8:46 am

    oh i bet those were perfect for his bday! happy bday!

  27. Bridgett — May 14, 2009 @ 9:20 am

    These look fabulous and I love how easy the recipe is.

  28. Pam — May 14, 2009 @ 9:27 am

    Girl – you have me drooling. This looks incredible. I love tart/sweet desserts. Yum.

  29. Karen — May 14, 2009 @ 9:50 am

    These look yummy!

  30. anudivya — May 14, 2009 @ 10:04 am

    This looks so wonderful! Yeah, I love celebrating birthdays too, especially mine! LOL

  31. Ingrid — May 14, 2009 @ 10:06 am

    I agree…I want a birthday month! :)

    My jaw was tingling the whole time I was reading this post. Mmmmm, I want one!

  32. Debbie — May 14, 2009 @ 10:16 am

    Oh they look so good. I’d love one now!

  33. pinkstripes — May 14, 2009 @ 11:01 am

    YUM! They look very delicious.

  34. Dawn — May 14, 2009 @ 11:18 am

    wow! now these, that crust, oh my! I love the crust with the twang of the lime. Nicely done sweetie.

  35. Colleen — May 14, 2009 @ 11:27 am

    I LOVE lime desserts – these look so refreshing!

  36. mikky — May 14, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

    i bet he does!!! it does look so inviting and really yum… belated birthday greetings to josh… :)

  37. Gera @ SweetsFoods — May 14, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

    I’m big fan of lime type desserts, look so refreshing and delicious!


  38. Laura — May 14, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

    Those sound simple and tasty. Did you see the key lime bars they did on Studio 5 today? You ought to check it out. It had coconut in the crust.

  39. Kara — May 14, 2009 @ 3:04 pm

    Oh dang, those look soooo good that I want one right now! Love the idea of using zest in the crust, I’ll have to try that.

  40. Culinary Wannabe — May 14, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

    Such a sweet wife! And I’m also glad that you called them lime bars. So many people call desserts like this “key lime” when there is no key lime in site. As a Floridian that is just one of my weird baking peeves. :)

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